Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE VS

Steel String Guitar with Pickup

  • Build: Auditorium 000-14 with cutaway
  • Top: Solid mahogany
  • Scalloped X-Bracing
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Fretboard inlays: Snowflakes
  • Dovetail construction
  • Neck profile: Modified Oval C
  • Wooden body binding
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bone nut
  • Pau ferro bridge with compensated bone saddle
  • DLX Chrome die-cast machine heads
  • Fishman Presys-II preamp system with integrated tuner
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario EXP-16 .012 - .053
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst Satin
  • Suitable case: Article no. 208576 (not included)
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Model 000
Top Mahogny
Back and Sides Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Ovangkol
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickup Yes
Colour Vintage Sunburst
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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phenomenal acoustic for the money
HumanoidHD, 22.10.2020
I bought this acoustic because My previous acoustic left alot to be desired. This acoustic is just absolutely perfect for me.

Pros:
comfort:
This guitar is about 4 inches thick which for me personally is the perfect middle ground for comfort and projection. its not so thick i cant play it (like some concert sizes and dreadnaughts ive played) but its not so thin that it doesnt project and sound like an acoustic.

Finish:
The Vintage sunburst looks absolutely gorgeous and catches the eye while remaining subtle. Id describe the texture as a satin closed pore, it feels silky smooth to run your hands across but not to the extent of leaving prints everywhere. the neck texture is slick but not glossy.

Action:
The action is perfect. the strings almost rest on the frets and require almost no pressure to make a chord at first fret. however is not so low that it causes any kind of buzzing. as i said, perfect.

important to note:
while this guitar is perfect to be that does not mean its without issue. these are minor enough for me to look over but ill mention them here.

cons:

strap mounting:
theres no second strap button at the base of the neck for easier mounting but thats not the only issue. the strap button at the base isnt a standard metal one that is held on by a screw. its essentially a big hole at the base of the guitar with what is essentially an over sized bridge pin jammed in with no glue. this popped out the first time i mounted a strap and if i didnt notice it then could have EASILY resulted in me breaking my guitar. VERY silly design on that part because even £10-£20 ukeleles ive seen have had those metal screwed on strap buttons. a case of them trying to reinvent the wheel and failing here. i hope they change this in future models and maybe install a neck strap button. but i fixed mine with just a bit of glue so not a *huge* issue. just an oversight that can result in a broken guitar if you arent aware of it.

Unorthodox fret markers:
This also isnt a huge issue for me because i rarely use fret markers and im used to slightly unorthodox markers (like on my sc500 les paul where they are just big blocks) but these are just plain weird.
Usually the frets are marked at 3,5,7,9 with a single dot and at 12 with a double dot, then 15 with a single dot. these are marked at 3 with a single dot, 5 with a double, 7 with a single, 9 with a double and 12 with a single. which is confusing compared to my old acoustic. that being said however ive seen some martins with similar inlays and there could well be some reason for this that i dont know about (being fairly new to guitar) so its not something id want changed as urgently as the strap button.
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Amazing guitar, looks good, plays good
Fiurf, 10.07.2020
Now that i had the guitar for some time i can finally review it. The guitar arrived well setup, and the finish is perfect, no flaws, perfect. Mine doesn't look like the picture it's more like a stratocaster 3 tone sunburst but matte, beautiful, much better than what i expected. The neck is nice and slim perfect for fingerstyle, nut and saddles are well refined too. The fishman tuner/electronics work and sound pretty good through my scarlett and bias amp 2 plugin. The sound is very nice, it's not a loud guitar but it's perfect for fingerstyle/songwriting/acoustic blues. The mids are tight, very enjoyable sounds. Arrived with extra chonky strings, thinner strings improved the playability without changing the tone. The only things i don't like are the tuners that hold tune well but feel very cheap (one tuner takes a quarter of a turn before the mechanism engages and starts winding, annoying if you change tuning often) and the frets that were not polished (it took about two weeks of playing to start wear them in and now they are not scratchy anymore and feel fine). For the price is amazing, just swap the tuners. I would have gladly paid 40 extra bucks to have grovers instead of the cheap tuners, but at this pricepoint it's already amazing and the guitar stays in tune so no problem.
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Pretty perfect
TStarr, 05.10.2019
Always wanted an electro acoustic to play thru my PC and maybe try something smaller than a dreadnt. Took a chance on a HB to see what all grt reviews about. Overall delighted. Couple of cons being rusted strings and tarnished frets, but would probably have changed them and cleaned everything anyway. A 2nd strap button would have been nice. Everything else fantastic. Looks great, lovely weight and balance. Wider nut is a joy as I can finally play a C chord with proper fingering! Amazing tone, and not as deep as I thought a mahogany would sound. Great volume for just me and my guitar, but the pickup works just fine for when I get the call to the Albert hall. Set up was pretty spot on, nut cut lower than anything I have ever owned, which helps the playability of this, and why I will be reaching for it for yrs to come. 1/9th of what I was contemplating a similar Martin for - ridiculous.
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fantastic!
vic len, 19.08.2020
Considering the price point I said to myself let's have a surprise.
And .. I was pleasantly surprised.
Had it for about two months and I play it every day.
Sounds terrific !
It has this mellow beautiful tone that sits perfect in any track.
Great for finger style mainly but, also good for strumming .
The finish is good. The fishman piezo preamp/pickup sounds very usable not only for gigging , but also recording - very happy how it sounds. (Much better than the Yamaha preamp I have in my other guitar.
cons:
The only thing is that the action has to be lowered a bit. (You need to shave the saddle a little.)
I do recommend this guitar!
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